Two youth playing guitars while wearing masks

For Social Responsibility – A Y Story

Stories and Videos
May 4, 2021

"Yesterday, one of our middle-schoolers came into my office and asked if he could talk. I asked him what was up and he began to talk to me about how he was having a hard week because of some stuff going on at home. While we talked he had brought in a guitar and was randomly playing it with in sequences of our conversation. I asked him how long he had played the guitar and he had told Nick (one of our counselors) had taught him a year ago. It was apparent that in this kid’s life the Y was much more than an afterschool hangout. It was a place where he had friends and counselors who were there for him when life was falling apart. I was very privileged to be able to hang out with such an incredible individual yesterday. It was a real-life case moment that was simple but very impactful.",

—YMCA Staff Member

Working at the Y, you have the opportunity to strengthen communities and change lives, including your own. No matter what role you take on at the Y, you’ll show up each day with the satisfaction of knowing your contributions are helping to empower young people, improve health and well-being, and inspire action in your community. Working side by side with diverse leaders with different backgrounds, perspectives, and strengths, you’ll discover new ways to connect with your community, find your purpose, and fuel your passion every day!